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Cooper set for Superstock title fight with Buildbase Suzuki

Richard Cooper will return with Buildbase Suzuki for the forthcoming season, lining up for the team in Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship as he bids to add another title to his name.

Cooper had a strong end to his 2019 campaign in the Superbike class, winning the final race of the season at Brands Hatch. This year the experienced Nottinghamshire ace will return to the hotly-contested Superstock championship, which he won in 2011 and finished runner-up in in 2017, onboard the GSX-R1000R.

Cooper said: “The aim this year is the championship, definitely. The GSX-R1000R has finished twice, narrowly, the last two seasons in Superstock, and I want to deliver the team and Suzuki the championship.

“I had a good end to the year in Superbike and it was good to win the last race of the year, but it’s going to be equally competitive in Superstock in 2019, with some new riders and teams. But I think a good winter, some changes with the team and to the bike, and also my previous experience should give us a head start. This year I want to go out and enjoy my racing again, and hopefully that’ll come with race wins and, fingers crossed, a championship.”

Team manager, Steve Hicken commented: “Richard Cooper ended 2018 on a high, winning the last superbike race of the year after a strong end to the season. This year our aim is to win the Superstock title and he is certainly more than capable. It’s a championship that we’ve finished runner-up in the last two years, and we’re determined to go one better.”

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